I remember after our honeymoon, we invited Jaclyn’s parents over to our apartment to show off pictures from our dream vacation in Key West, Florida. Everyone sat on the couch while I displayed the hi-def images on my giant TV.There were a couple nice shots of the beach, hotel, restaurants, and sunsets, there also happened to be numerous images from two chartered fishing trips, including a great photo of me with a tarpon. When the slide show concluded, I turned to the audience with a giant beaming smile and asked, “Well, what do you think?”
My father-in-law said, “I had no idea my daughter liked to fish so much!”
Jaclyn secured a babysitter on Saturday and we did a belated anniversary celebration.
We are going to host a little gathering on my birthday (October 7) to taste spirits from local distilleries, so I asked Jaclyn, do you mind if we use some of our time on this anniversary date to stop at a couple local distilleries to try & buy a couple items for the celebration? Jaclyn was okay with it, but enthusiastic would not be the appropriate adjective to describe how she received the question.
As we were preparing to take off for the night, I told her that the distillery was not in a great part of Pittsburgh, but it shouldn’t be too bad. We drove past The Strip into this purely industrial area and found the distillery with a handmade sign. Not that Jaclyn was asking for a super fancy dinner, but it was clear that this was not how she envisioned her anniversary celebration. I prodded her out of the car and could see her look of disgust, I asked if she could pose with the sign in a sexy manner, she looked like she was going to kill me so I snapped the picture and headed inside. In case you were wondering, the place is called Maggie’s Farm Distillery, the sign says, “The Rum Room”.
The Rum Room was actually much nicer on the inside, but still not The Ritz, or the kind of place that comes top of mind on an anniversary dinner. Most distilleries we’ve visited to date focus more on whiskey, it was nice to visit a place who focused more on rum, noticed a lot more variety in spices, scents, and concoctions. I tried a cider drink and loved it. We walked out with a bottle of spiced rum for the upcoming tasting party.
Afterwards, I took Jaclyn to Church Brew Works for dinner.
Jaclyn expressed discomfort with the altar’s complete dedication to the brewing process, no Jesus, but otherwise, the place was huge and busy and we managed to find a lot to taste and experience. The picture above comes from the internet, the night we visited, it was packed to the gills.
We tried a couple soups, traditional pirogi(s), and salmon and steak. It was a great meal and the beers were tasty.
Above – the sampler at Church
Above – Mr. Rkdeemreport at Church
I would highly recommend Church, fun an distinctly Pittsburgh place, but still didn’t probably deliver on the perfect anniversary theme (I never knew my daughter liked beer & rum so much!).
I did a little to redeem myself by taking Jaclyn up a winding road along a cliff to the top of Mt. Washington to walk out on a viewing platform and take in the magic and beauty of Pittsburgh (see below):
Benny woke me up around 6:30AM on Sunday, we did some grocery shopping and a little yard work, then I went back to the city at noon to pick up a couple more spirits for the party. Wigle Whiskey is where we went, probably the most established distillery in Pittsburgh and close to The Strip which makes getting to it easy.
Pictures above of Wigle on Sunday afternoon.
I fell asleep around 7:30PM on Sunday (nothing to do with alcohol consumption, I decided to avoid caffeine for the day).
This week I head to Dallas for a couple of days.
Please feel free to stop by in Pittsburgh, we are ready to host quite a tasting!